Former Student to be Inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Posted October 14, 2015
Dr. Charles "Doc"
COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Charles W. “Doc” Graham ‘53 will be
inducted as a 2016 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member – the highest
honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in
competition, business and support of rodeo and western lifestyle in
Graham, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s Colleges of
Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences, received the news of his induction on
September 6, before a football game in College Station.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said his
long-time friend could be inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of
Fame on his professional credentials alone, but his character and
work ethic set him apart.
“He’s an early riser, a hard worker, good company and a steady
hand not prone to panic when the herd turns against you, as it
sometimes does in life,” Chancellor Sharp said. “Who else would you
want riding beside you?”
“Dr. Graham exemplifies what it means to be a Texas Cowboy,”
said Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and
life sciences. “He’s a legend among those in the equine industry,
having established equine veterinarian facilities that are
recognized among the nation’s most prominent. He also has
successful cattle and feedlot operations in addition to other
Graham is the only individual to serve as president for both the
Texas Quarter Horse Association and the Texas Thoroughbred Breeders
Association. He is also the only person to be selected as Horseman
of the Year by both associations.
Graham’s other honors include the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife
Distinguished Texas in Agriculture Award, the 2010 College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, and the
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Outstanding
He was also inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association
Hall of Fame in 2009, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Famer in 2008,
and the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.
“Dr. Graham demonstrates the qualities and successes of an
inductee to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame to the people of Texas,
the nation, and the world. He has had more impact on Texas A&M
University, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the youth
of Texas, and the Texas cattle and equine industry than any other
person I know,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of
Veterinary Medicine. “Dr. Graham is a role model and an ambassador.
I have known that for over three decades and from four different
states and now I see it here in Texas.”
Graham earned his bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry
in 1953, his bachelor of science degree in animal science in 1954
and his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1961, all from Texas
In the early 1960s, Graham and Dr. W. H. Cardwell built the
Elgin Veterinary Hospital and grew the practice into one of the
largest equine veterinary facilities in the nation. Graham is now
owner of a number of other businesses, including the 1,300-acre
Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, which has bred some of the top
stallions and broodmares in the quarter horse industry.
Graham will be officially inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of
Fame at a ceremony in 2016.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa,
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